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    Here’s another summary of the situation, it does seem pretty sketchy:

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191125/23132643458/sketchy-sketchy-case-icann-execs-self-dealing-regarding-org-domain.shtml

    It’s unclear what kind of standing anyone outside the corporate governance structure has. IANL, but “.org” domains are technically intellectual property to be bought and sold, not some sort of public good.

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      are technically intellectual property

      This isn’t very technical. Do you mean trademarks? I didn’t know a domain name was automatically a trademark, though.

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        I guess it can be seen as a sort of directory?

        My point is it’s not a public good. There’s nothing legally separating .org addresses from .xyz addresses, it’s all convention.

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      Quoting the original submission text by @xyz which has now disappeared because of the merge:

      I have two .org domains for personal projects (badactor.org & kushtaka.org) and I’m wondering if anyone has suggestions for what to migrate them to. I’d like to do redirects and change links as soon as I can to get in front of this.

      I’m also planing on treating .org as scorched earth when suggesting TLDs. It seems the best strategy for the future is staying in the orbit of .com even if the domain name is longer, as a sale of .com would piss off BigTechCO.

      I realize this is pessimistic but I’m just trying to “vote” with my dollars.

      Thoughts? Plans? Thanks!

      I personally don’t have a good answer to this, but I’ll share my 2¢ anyway.

      Firstly, I hope this serves as a big enough sign that the internet as we know it now is somewhat broken, and we need to re-imagine at least parts of it. I hope this brings attention to projects like OpenNIC and GNUnet that are aiming to do that with interesting approaches, and could definitely use more, manpower.

      In the mean time, I personally use an eu.org address for my personal site as an interim solution, realizing full well that eu.org is just like any other .org domain and subject to any potential new travesties and hardships yet to come. But at least this way that’s one less direct payment to whoever operates .org.

      In general I’d probably recommend staying away from the all various “new gTLDs” since just about all of them are run by for-profit entities as cash-grab attempts, and do all sorts of nasty things like increasing renewal prices exponentially after luring in users with cheap registration prices.

      Potentially the TLDs safest from these are country-specific TLDs, i.e. ccTLDs. Someone has done some extensive research (behind self-signed cert) looking into just about all of them, and has put together a list of the better ones in their opinion. I’d personally look into those with better track records like CZ.NIC and DENIC, in charge of .cz and .de respectively, and others run by interest associations or not-for-profit coops.

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        I do wonder how revoking the non-profit status of ICANN, ISOC and PIR would actually go… Don’t think it would end well

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          I think that the best result we can hope for is for the leaders to be prosecuted for self-dealing and the illegal sale, and for the organization to be pressured by the IRS to stay in line going forward - not to revoke the non-profit status entirely.

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            The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

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          Is there something people outside of USA could do? If not, it’s interesting that something as important and global as DNS is controlled solely by USA orgs.

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            This isn’t like writing to your senators, which US citizens have a right to do because they’re directly represented by them. This is informing regulatory agencies of illegal activity, which I’m sure they’d be grateful to hear from anyone, regardless of nationality. Send those complaints along.

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            @ddevault, you the man! I respect you actually doing something about the problem instead of just griping on the Internet. (Double, thumbs up!)

            Side note on name change: It confused me a bit. Had to do some searching. I think it’s a good idea. It makes it consistent for your supporters/customers across your blog, website, and some social media.